Self Portrait Challenge ~ Environment

I have written about the struggles of finding time to work on my art being a parent of an active 2 year old.

It seems a lot of the artists I know with small children get most of their work done at night-where I am so pooped out in the evening-and my creative energies are super low. I stumbled upon a blog- www.Stevepavlina.com - from Crafty girl. I follwed the link and found a bunch of guides-one being how to wake up at 5am-or at least that was the gist of the guide. (I also read the how to quit coffee-which hasn't been going so well. My sister in law sent me some amazingly delish tea that I try to substitute my second cup of coffee for.)

I have followed this for about 5 days now. I get up at 5 put the coffee on- do 2-4 rounds of sun salutations-have coffee-go out and take pictures in the early morning light. It has been wonderful. I am getting some private time to be creative which allows me to be more present for my son when he gets up.

So this is me this morning enjoying coffee-and playing with my duaflex and macro lens.
I am not so sure as to why my only recent self portraits have been of my feet.


Blogger Star said...

I'm a fan of the site you linked, but I take issue with getting up even earlier. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, but every person with advice or self-help book suggests that you get up "just a half hour earlier" to accomplish whatever it is they are suggesting (quality time for yourself, exercise, food prep for the day, working on a pet project). That being said, I do get up earlier than I used to to accomplish extra things that are important to me, but I determined awhile back that sleep is important also (for health and also my ability to function during the day!) so I've tried to find the right balance.

I'm glad you've found some time just for you and pursuing the creativity you crave; it's probably a win-win situation because you're happier being around your little one having had some time to yourself at the beginning of your day.

And I love the SPC pics, feet and all ;-)

6/20/2007 10:38 AM  
Anonymous acumamakiki said...

I've been loving your photos lately - feetsies included!! I've been thinking that getting up earlier is the only answer for me because I'm tired at night and while I loathe early wake-ups, I think you're onto something.

6/20/2007 2:45 PM  
Blogger jenica said...

how awesome for you to get up early, i'm sure it's invigorating.

as for the feet, maybe it's a feeling of needing to feel grounded? you've got cute feet so it's all good. ;-D

6/20/2007 2:47 PM  
Blogger turquoise cro said...

LOL Your feet are Beauty Full Babydoll!!! Can't wait to seeee those Cosmos!!! Mine are slow!!! I'll take pics too! if they ever come! The critters are being sooOOOOO hoggish this year!!! My creek lillies are just about all gobbled up by the deer! altho I just saw a sweet fawn this morning with it's mother that looked not too much bigger than the fawn!!!soooooo if they are that hungry, bye-bye lillies!!! Happy Wednesday!Honeybunny! xoCinda ps. 5 am???!!! Are YOU kidding me??? LOL

6/20/2007 2:50 PM  
Blogger Miriam said...

Whenever I have tried to get up before my son to do just this...he wakes up too and gets up anyway! Still...I will think on this and try again...and check out the link!

6/20/2007 4:58 PM  
Anonymous chocolate covered musings said...

i'm *loving* the flower pics on your flickr pages. i've read a ton of stuff about getting up earlier too. i must admit that i do try and get up earlier to have some time to myself and also get more done. i've also found that when i relax and take time out for me (which is i guess harder for you with a 2yr old) that when i do go back to 'doing things' i get more done anyway as things flow more easily when i am in my heartspace.

keep up with the photos, they are a delight.

6/20/2007 5:05 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

cool photo! i've been getting up early also (at 6)...not because i want to, but because that's when my puppy wakes up. he's a hellion in the morning and so it's easier just to go and sit outside with the dogs and they can play themselves out without getting into trouble. i've started using the extra time for my writing...and i'm loving it! never mind that i'm only half awake by afternoon! :)-

happy morning creating to you!

6/20/2007 8:57 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I'm happy that getting up early is helping you create Thea. You're amazing with a camera. :) XXOO

6/20/2007 9:32 PM  
Blogger Revealed... said...

so happy you're enjoying this time sweetie - love the shot!
xxoo genine

6/21/2007 2:29 PM  
Blogger Michelle (a.k.a. la vie en rose) said...

i just love this photo!!! it's so fabulous!!!

okay...i'm likin' this 5 am idea...i've got to read that link...

6/25/2007 2:24 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Feet...Because you are looking for ground.


6/26/2007 9:43 PM  

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